Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Breckenridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was a great hike for our first day in Breckenridge. Beautiful views and loved hiking along the flowing creek!

3 days ago

This is a nice hike-shaded and follows a stream. It is well maintained and it was dry. In another review I saw this rated as an easy trail-it is not. I am an extremely fit 60 yr. old triathlete and I found it to be more challenging than advertised. The first 1/4 mile or so is fairly flat and then it turns uphill for nearly a mile. Not extreme but not for the unfit. My wife gave up on the hike a little more than a mile in. I was assuming it might flatten out a bit but I don't know since we turned around and came back. I could have easily continued. We did not encounter any views of the mountains. Just the stream and forest. It might open up further on-don't know.

A must see and do

Couldn’t actually find the trail. The trail head was easy to find but the only trail we found was the Sallie Barber mine trail. Also a nice hike but not what we were looking for so that was frustrating.

Easy to find, actually found it by accident. It’s really a dirt road leading up to an old mine. The mine was interesting and we actually took the Trail of Tears back towards the start. Good for families and dogs. The area around the hike is pretty wooded so the views are somewhat obstructed.

Close to town, short,, easy. Pretty little pond. New boardwalks just added in muddy areas. (July 2018)

Mountain biked down the trail in mid September and the trees were really nice. A people walking their dogs uphill. But no big deal. Everybody was friendly and moved out of the way to the bikes downhill. Really enjoyed our ride

We are new hikers and found the trail a great first 14.

Awesome. Easy walk with beautiful wildflowers

Great mountain views. Waterfall views. Good for kids.

The trail on the map is pretty easy. But there is a much better one above the damn. Think the comments are a combination from both trails. Drive past the trail head on the map to the dam. The trail is on the right side of the dam lake. Lots of rocks to climbs but beautiful views.

We hiked this on Monday July 9, the day it re-opened. We started from the Peak 7 gondola and followed a trail behind a resort until we met up with this trail. I used the map to get us there, not sure where the exact trailhead is. We hiked down through a beautiful forest and meadow to Shock Hill, and took the gondola down from there.
We didn't see any moose, but I bet odds are better earlier in the morning.
Great trail for kids and acclimation, or if you're short on time.

Easy hike through the woods with several interesting old abandoned mines to see and a handful of surprising vistas. Great mix of ease (I make a point of this as I am older and live a sedentary lifestyle near sea level), historically significant sites, and beautiful vistas.

This is a must do drive every visit we make to the area. Have made the drive fifteen or more times...it never gets old. It’s fun to park at various points along the way and hike a little.

We took this walk as our get acclimated hike 48 hours into our stay in the mountains. Very easy walk up the road to the dam with beautiful views all the way. Saw a Marmot and spent some quality time with a mountain goat near the dam. The road from the lower lake to the dam is actually better than from highway 9 to the lower lake. So next time we will make the drive up to the dam and hike beyond it, as there are interesting things to see. Loved walking right next to a 14er that seemed both imposing and beautiful. Edit: live and learn. Technically speaking the blue lakes trail really doesn’t begin until you reach the dam. It is located on the north side of the dam. That makes more sense. But still, the walk up the dirt road to get there is beautiful. Glad we did it.

10 days ago

Nice, easy hike for the family. Lightly traveled, only saw three bikes, a party of 2(on horse), and a party of 3. Lots of beautiful areas to enjoy!

12 days ago

Did this hike on the 4th. We really enjoyed it. Wasn’t very difficult and was in the shade most of the time!

If you stay on the path it is literally 1/2 residential. So not very much of a hike or much nature. It was easy and is close to downtown Breck so that’s the only plus.

on Blue Lakes Trail

12 days ago

I'm giving this 5 stars, but because of the views, not the hiking. As others have said, this isn't really a hike. It's a great place to go for amazing views with minimal exertion, making it accessible to those who are not able to do real hikes but still want to a chance to experience amazing scenery.

Great tune up trail. Easy trail with good views on the first 20 minutes. Finishes along road to parking lot.

We wanted a trail we could walk to from our hotel since we didn’t have a car.
We decided to take the advance of GoBreck.com recommendation:
Option Two – Ski Run: A popular option is to hike up the ski run on your right/west, travelling underneath the Quicksilver lift. The first hill is steep, but the path flattens out at the top and rewards you with sweeping views of Breckenridge and the Continental Divide. Horses from the Breckenridge Stables can be seen ahead.

We walked around the stables then picked up The Burro trail from there, it’s a great easy trail and lots of shade.
We walked it till we hit the Spruce Creek Trail and jumped on that for the rest of our day.

15 days ago

Very pretty little hike that is appropriate for those who can't do the longer, more difficult ones.

Very nice trail.

15 days ago

This is a great trail for all ages. Lots of wildlife and the views are spectacular!

16 days ago

Nice tame hike with nice scenery. The creek in the beginning is pretty. As you get to the end there are some nice look outs between the trees. My mom (57 yrs) and I (31 yrs) did this without any issues. Make sure on the way down you look for the blue diamonds. There is another trail that connects to it that is highly trafficked so if you aren’t paying attention you could end up down that route. All in all a good morning hike. Took us 2.5 hours. 1.5 hour out and 1 hour back.

Great for a family hike with little kids. Trail isn’t necessarily marked well, but this app really helps navigate if you keep it open. We did not experience the same branches issue mentioned; nearly the entire hike is on cat-track ski runs. There is one or two places that require ducking down or walking on branches across wet ground.

Easy drive with great views. Lots of pull outs for stops, passing, and pictures. July you will see campers, bikers, and hikes. Stop at the Trail Heads for easy hiking trail or just the road.

Not easy to find the trail - no markers anywhere. We finally found it - beautiful scenery.

mountain biking
18 days ago

Fun and challenging ride up...if you like climbing. And a fast descent. The descent can get annoying on the lower sections because there can be heavy traffic.

Do yourself a favor—DRIVE IN! If you park at the trail head, you have about a 1.5–2.0 mile hike ahead of you that will be uphill over a hard, rocky, road, with no views. Unknowingly, we did this, and by the time we got to the halfway point on the loop, our kids were too tired and make the ascent up to beautiful lakes and waterfalls and we had to turn back. All along the way, we see the smart people’s cars who had driven in the extra half-mile or mile and then strolled up the rest of the way. We ended up taking the loop the rest of the way around, walking back down through the slightly prettier wooded part of the loop, but still no views. If you do only the loop and don’t plan to go up to the lakes, prepare for a disappointing hike that is hard on your knees. Read all the really glowing reviews here, and you’ll notice they ALL went up the lakes, which isn’t even part of this hike! (See the Mohawk Lakes hikes for those).

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